Art Technician Boot Camp

Technician training provided by Coventry University and delivered by ArtTechSpace. In partnership with the Herbert Art Gallery and Mead Gallery.

Dates

23 August – 27 August 2021
Optional advanced modules: 28 – 29 August 2021

Venue

Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre

Qualification

Certificate of attendance only

Fees

Free of charge. Learners will receive an allowance of £100 to support travel and subsistence, contingent on attendance

Course overview

Our Art Technician Boot Camp is designed to support best practice in the presentation, handling and installation of artworks and artefacts in the gallery setting.

Led by Coventry University and delivered by ArtTechSpace, the aim of the course is to provide a high standard of professional training to support employment in the arts and cultural sector. With Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture underway, the need for skilled art technicians is greater than ever.

The course is open to aspiring and early-career technicians as well as those looking to upskill and reskill from other sectors such as carpentry or theatre. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the varied role of the art technician, responding to the widening range of media and approaches to display.

Covering the basics of art handling alongside audio visual and carpentry skills, the course supports learners through a combination of theory and practical sessions. Taking place within the newly developed Mead Gallery (reopening in October 2021) participants will “learn through doing” by working with the University of Warwick collection as a live context for learning.

On successful completion of the course, participants may be given the opportunity for paid work within the technical teams responsible for delivering nationally significant exhibitions during September 2021.* These include The Turner Prize and Coventry Biennial at the Herbert Art Gallery, and There Is Always Light at the Mead Gallery.

*Art Technician Boot Camp is an introduction to the art technical profession. It will not create fully trained art technicians. Due to the bespoke nature of the work, significant experience is required in the field to develop the competencies required. The training is intended to provide a foundation to build upon. Upon completion, learners are encouraged to gain further hands-on experience working in galleries or museums. Subject to meeting the required standard, subsequent paid opportunities for learners are provided to support hands-on experience from local institutions in the weeks after this initial training programme.

  • This is a one-week course based at the Mead Gallery and delivered by ArtTechSpace Ltd. You will be required to attend all five days of training during the weekdays (Monday - Friday), with optional advanced sessions at the weekend. At the end of the training, subject to meeting the required standard, you may be offered paid work within the technical teams responsible for delivering Herbert and Mead Gallery exhibitions in September to further your training. This is subject to the requirements of the participating galleries, and Coventry University as the training provider.

  • The main concern when working with art and artefacts is their safety - when art handling we are risk managers. The aim of the training is to minimize the risks involved in the handling of artworks and objects and to those handling them. The handling of works of art and valuable, fragile and unique objects requires a specialist approach, with careful planning, proper resources and training.

    The range of activities required when handling works of Art, are as follows:

    • Confident, accurate and safe handling of artwork
    • Safe and secure movement of artwork
    • Safe and secure storage of artwork
    • Packing and protection of artwork
    • Safe and secure installation of artworks
    • Knowledge of different material and media and how best to display them

    Additional activities covered as part of the advanced modules include:

    • Building temporary walls and spaces
    • Installing audio visual and media artworks
    • Lighting artworks
    • Open to applicants living or working in a CV postcode (Coventry and Warwickshire area)
    • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in working in the arts and creative industries
    • Some technical experience would be an advantage, e.g. competency with hand/power tools
    • Applicants should be available to attend the complete course, from 23 to 27 August 2021
    • There are 20 places available
  • As a free course with places limited to 20, our application process will ensure the training is made available to those who will benefit most from the opportunity.

    Please send a CV (max 2 pages) and covering letter (one side of A4) outlining why you would like to undertake the course and any relevant experience you have to date. Please tell us about your interest in working in the arts and creative industries, and confirm you live or work in the Coventry or Warwickshire area.

    We are committed to widening access to opportunities. Audio or video recorded applications may be submitted by those facing barriers in applying.

    Send applications to: emma.moore@coventry.ac.uk with “Art Technician Boot Camp” in the subject line.

    The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 16 August 2021. We’ll contact selected applicants by the end of the day on Wednesday 18 August

    Applications will be selected by representatives from Coventry University, ArtTechSpace, Herbert Art Gallery, and the Mead Gallery.

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